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Microchip to form division that will develop new class of DSP/controller chips
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11/16/2000   Post a comment
CHANDLER, Ariz. -- Microchip Technology Inc. here today announced the formation of a new division that will develop a new class of chips called digital signal controllers (DSCs). The first DSC, called the 16-bit dsPIC, is a single-chip solution that combines the advantages of 16-bit microcontrollers and digital signal processors (DSPs), said Sumit Mitra, vice president of the newly-created Digital Signal Controller Division at Microchip. Prior to his new role, Mitra was vice president of worldw
Two DSP deals focus on handset programmability, interfaces
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11/16/2000   Post a comment
MANHASSET, N.Y. — Two recent collaborations that focus on GSM and General Packet Radio Service (GPRS) handsets have brought into sharp relief the need to combine a programmable, scalable wireless device architecture with an optimized user interface.
Atmel says ITC order now blocks products from SST, Sanyo, Winbond
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11/16/2000   Post a comment
SAN JOSE--Atmel Corp. today announced a U.S. appeals court has cleared the way for an injunction against the import of unlicensed products by Silicon Storage Technologies Inc. (SST), Sanyo Electric Co. Ltd., and Winbond Electronics Corp.
TI shrinks, boosts speeds of two DSPs with 0.18-micron process
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11/15/2000   Post a comment
HOUSTON -- Texas Instruments Inc. today announced it has begun shipping samples of two new "shrink" versions of TMS3205000 digital signal processors, which are being fabricated with a 0.18-micron drawn (0.15-micron L-effective) process technology. The C5409A and C5410A DSPs are available in a 12-by-12 mm microStar ball-grid array (BGA) package. They operate at 160 and 120 million instructions per second (MIPS).
NEC, Luxxon target wireless solutions for streaming multimedia
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11/15/2000   Post a comment
SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- NEC Electronics Inc. today announced a partnership with San Jose-based Luxxon Corp. to develop streaming multimedia solutions for wireless Internet devices. The two companies said they will focus on new market opportunities for MPEG 4 technologies, including multimedia home gateways and wireless mobile video.
Rambus accused of ITC 'judge shopping' in DRAM patent complaint
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11/15/2000   Post a comment
WASHINGTON -- Rambus Inc. was reprimanded for "blatant judge shopping" in an official ruling at the U.S. International Trade Commission and restrictions imposed on the DRAM designer if it ever filed another synchronous DRAM patent complaint at the trade body.
SanDisk, Lexar to pay each other in settlement of flash patent suits
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11/15/2000   Post a comment
SUNNYVALE, Calif.-- SanDisk Corp. here and Lexar Media Inc. today announced a settlement to a two-year-old battle over patented flash memory technologies. The two sides agreed to settle patent-infringement suits, with Lexar paying SanDisk $8 million in royalties, and SanDisk paying Lexar $2 million for a fully-paid up license.
NEC plans to use Tensilica's DSP engine in system-level ICs
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11/15/2000   Post a comment
SANTA CLARA, Calif.--Tensilica Inc. here today said NEC Corp. has opted to upgrade its licensing agreement with the company to gain access to new Xtensa III processor core technology and the Vectra digital signal processor (DSP) engine.
Analog Devices predicts 50% sales growth in fiscal 2001
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11/15/2000   Post a comment
NORWOOD, Mass. -- Analog Devices Inc. here predicted a 7-to-10% sequential increase in revenues during the company's current fiscal quarter, which ends in January, and the chip company said it expects sales to grow 50% in fiscal 2001 year over $2.58 billion in the 2000 period.
Micron to ship fastest DDR DRAM modules next year
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11/14/2000   Post a comment
BOISE, Idaho -- Micron Technology Inc. expects to start shipping double data rate (DDR) 334-MHz PC2600 SDRAM modules--the fastest DDR memory yet--in the second quarter of 2001, an official said today.
Xilinx, Motorola to cooperate in RapidIO development efforts
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11/14/2000   Post a comment
SAN JOSE -- Xilinx Inc. and Motorola Inc. today announced plans to collaborate in product development using the RapidIO interconnect architecture, which has been designed to eliminate bottlenecks in embedded systems communications between chips, boards, and backplanes.
Micron to ship fastest DDR DRAM modules next year
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11/14/2000   Post a comment
Micron Technology Inc. expects to start shipping double-data-rate 334-MHz PC2600 SDRAM modules-the fastest DDR memory yet-in the second quarter of 2001, an official told EBN today.
Transmeta to use TSMC for 0.18- and 0.13-micron processors
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11/14/2000   Post a comment
LAS VEGAS -- During the Comdex trade show here, Transmeta Corp.'s chief executive officer confirmed that the microprocessor startup has entered into a foundry deal with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd., which will process chips with 0.18- and 0.13-micron technology. Until now, IBM Corp. has been Transmeta's sole foundry for processed wafers.
Tower Semi invests in Silicon Valley flash technology developer
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11/14/2000   Post a comment
SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Flash memory technology startup Azalea Microelectronics Corp. here today announced an investment from Israeli foundry supplier Tower Semiconductor Ltd., which will receive a 10% equity stake in the Silicon Valley company. Financial terms of the investment were not disclosed.
IBM adds 32-bit ARM processor cores to ASIC portfolio
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11/14/2000   Post a comment
EAST FISHKILL, N.Y. -- IBM Corp.'s Microelectronics Division today announced it was expanding its relationship with ARM Ltd. and licensing the company's 32-bit ARM9ETM series of RISC processor cores for custom ASICs in communications and other applications.
Qualcomm lands its third Chinese deal for CDMA handsets
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11/14/2000   Post a comment
A Chinese TV set maker, Konka Group, today announced plans to manufacture Qualcomm-designed CDMA mobile phones, making it the third Chinese OEM to adopt the U.S. company's digital cell-phone standard.
Samsung begins ramp of Rambus DRAMs with 0.17-micron technology
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11/14/2000   Post a comment
SEOUL -- Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. today announced it has begun mass production of Rambus DRAMs using a process technology with 0.17-micron design rules. The Korean company said the new technology is being applied to "third-generation" RDRAMs with memory-chip densities of 128, 144, and 288 megabits. In addition to reducing the die size for lower manufacturing costs, the 0.17-micron process will improve speed grades of memories by more than 30%, enabling 1-GHz RDRAMs, according to Samsung.
TSMC develops test chip for 0.13-micron mixed-signal/RF process
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11/14/2000   Post a comment
HSINCHU, Taiwan — Silicon foundry giant Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (TSMC) today announced development of the industry's first "comprehensive" 0.13-micron test chip for mixed-signal and radio frequency (RF) functions. TSMC said it will use the test chip to prepare design kits for customers and to characterize the next-generation 0.13-micron mixed-signal/RF CMOS processes. The technology is slated to enter production in the fourth quarter of 2001.
Samsung begins ramp of Rambus DRAMs with 0.17-micron technology
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11/14/2000   Post a comment
SEOUL -- Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. today announced it has begun mass production of Rambus DRAMs using a process technology with 0.17-micron design rules. The Korean company said the new technology is being applied to "third-generation" RDRAMs with memory-chip densities of 128, 144, and 288 megabits. In addition to reducing the die size for lower manufacturing costs, the 0.17-micron process will improve speed grades of memories by more than 30%, enabling 1-GHz RDRAMs, according to Samsung.
Willamette margins may crimp Intel's profits
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11/13/2000   Post a comment
SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Intel Corp.'s long-awaited Willamette-class Pentium 4 processor is slated to launch next week, but what was once painted as a high-margin MPU may prove to be something of a profit damper for the company.
Intel adds 733- and 766-MHz Celeron MPUs
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11/13/2000   Post a comment
LAS VEGAS -- Intel Corp. today introduced its two latest Celeron microprocessors, attempting to cement its hold over the value desktop space. The Santa Clara, Calif., company said it was shipping 733-MHz and 766-MHz Celerons to personal computer makers, including Hewlett-Packard Co. and others.
AMD confirms dropping 'Mustang' processor from roadmap
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11/13/2000   Post a comment
SUNNYVALE, Calif. -- Advanced Micro Devices Inc. confirmed that it has eliminated the "Mustang" microprocessor from its future product plans, but an AMD spokesman said the firm still plans to field a chip for workstations and servers.
Legerity claims broadband technology for standard phone lines
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11/13/2000   Post a comment
AUSTIN, Tex. — Legerity Inc. here today announced what the company claims is a revolutionary chip technology that enables simultaneous voice and Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line (ADSL) services over traditional telephone lines. Legerity--the communications chip spin-off of Advanced Micro Devices Inc.--said its new chip set technology could transform some one billion voice-only telephone lines worldwide into a full-fledged broadband network that supports both voice and data services.
Atmel starts up SiGe foundry services for 82-GHz ICs
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11/13/2000   Post a comment
SAN JOSE — Atmel Corp. today announced its wafer fab in Germany is ready to provide IC foundry services using an upgraded silicon-germanium (SiGe) process for chip frequencies up to 82 GHz in communications applications.
STMicro, cellular technology supplier to develop baseband platform chips
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11/13/2000   Post a comment
GENEVA -- STMicroelectronics today announced plans to develop baseband platform chips for next-generation handsets and mobile Internet devices with TTPCommunications plc, a supplier of digital cellular phone technology based in Cambridge, England. The two companies said they have agreed to create platforms for products, using the Global System for Mobile Communication (GSM) and General Packet Radio Service (GPRS) standards.
NetChip rolls out controller for USB 2.0 applications
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11/13/2000   Post a comment
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. -- NetChip Technology Inc. here today announced a controller designed to meet the specifications for the new, high-speed Universal Serial Bus (USB) 2.0 standard. Targeted for digital audio players, printers, mass storage devices, and scanners, the NET2270 controller from NetChip has a data transfer rate of up to 480-megabits-per-second--about 40 time faster than the chip-level products based on the USB 1.1 standard.
DRAM prices still melting
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11/12/2000   Post a comment
SAN JOSE -- Mainstream SDRAM prices this past week plummeted to their lowest point ever amid concern that the holidays won't generate enough PC sales to dry up inventory that has flooded the spot market for months.
Atmel offers SiGe RF circuits for walkie-talkies, remote control systems
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11/10/2000   Post a comment
SAN JOSE -- Atmel Corp.'s Wireless & Microcontrollers division today rolled out a new series of integrated frontend circuits for family radio products--also known as walkie-talkies--and remote control applications operating in the 400-to-500-MHz frequency range. The new chips are fabricated in silicon-germanium (SiGe) technology.
Nvidia adds Microsoft's video acceleration API to graphics MPUs
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11/10/2000   Post a comment
SANTA CLARA, Calif.--Nvidia Corp. today announced it has implemented Microsoft Corp.'s new DirectX Video Acceleration standard on its graphics processors for video decoding applications, such as copy protected DVD movies, under Microsoft's Windows 2000.
Gateway deal caps wild week for Transmeta
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11/10/2000   Post a comment
NEW YORK -- The drama involving Transmeta Corp. this week almost matched that of the Bush-Gore contest for the U.S. presidency. Rebounding from the recent loss of a key IBM Corp. design win, the company launched a successful public offering even as renewed skepticism surfaced over the fate of the low-power microprocessor maker.
Xilinx completes $221 million stock purchase of RocketChips
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11/10/2000   Post a comment
SAN JOSE -- Xilinx Inc. here today announced completion of a $221 million stock acquisition of privately-held RocketChips Inc. Xilinx said it has issued 3.6 million shares of common stock for ownership of RocketChips, which is a Minneapolis-based supplier of high-speed CMOS mixed-signal transceivers for communications, networking and storage systems.
China looks to net processors for comms push
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11/10/2000   Post a comment
BEIJING ( ChipWire) -- China's top telecommunications manufacturers are turning their attention from traditional line switching to voice and data packet-switching gear, prompting a drive to develop network processors to fuel the transformation.
Samsung unveils caller ID chip based on CalmRISC architecture
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11/10/2000   Post a comment
SEOUL -- Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. today announced development of single-chip caller ID device for telecommunications products. Slated to be shipped to telephone set makers in January, the chip is based on Samsung's CalmRISC controller architecture, which integrates digital signal processing (DSP) capabilities with 8-bit microcontroller functions.
Chip forecasts at a glance
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11/10/2000   Post a comment
Summary of SIA and WSTS semiconductor forecasts.
PCTEL to enter wireless market with chip, system products
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11/10/2000   Post a comment
MILPITAS, Calif. -- In another effort to expand into new markets, software-modem specialist PCTEL Inc. here today will take a step into the wireless business by announcing a line of chip- and systems-level products for OEMs.
AMD readies 64-bit Hammer MPU, predicts flash price increase in 2001
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11/10/2000   Post a comment
SUNNYVALE, Calif. -- Advanced Micro Devices Inc here laid out its plans for 2001, when it will introduce new Athlon products and bring 64-bit computing to the desktop PC. A previously undisclosed derivative of the company's 64-bit Hammer processor is being designed for the desktop PC and low-end servers, executives said at the company's fall analyst meeting in Sunnyvale on Thursday.
Samsung sees DDR in PCs by next spring--sooner than expected
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11/10/2000   Post a comment
SAN JOSE -- U.S.-based officials with Samsung Semiconductor Inc. here said the Korean chip company will ship Double Data Rate SDRAMs to desktop PC maker sooner than expected now that Advanced Micro Devices Inc. has cleared Samsung's DDR modules to work with the AMD-760 PC chip set.
3DLabs gears up for IP push
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11/10/2000   Post a comment
LinkUp announces Java support for chip line
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11/9/2000   Post a comment
SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Continuing to add more capabilities for its processor line, LinkUp Systems Corp. here has announced a deal with the Tao Group Inc., a Reading, England-based developer of Java software.
World trade group slightly more bullish than SIA about 2000 growth
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11/9/2000   Post a comment
SAN JOSE -- It appears semiconductor companies worldwide are slightly more optimistic about chip growth in 2000 than U.S. chip suppliers. That's one conclusion that could be drawn from a comparison of new forecasts from the U.S.-based Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) and the World Semiconductor Trade Statistics (WSTS) group.
Transmeta beats Intel and Via for wearable PC maker ViA
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11/9/2000   Post a comment
SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Transmeta Corp. here has beaten Intel Corp. and Via Technologies Inc. for a major x86-based microprocessor design win at ViA Inc., a Burnsville, Minn.-based supplier of wearable computers for commercial applications. Under the terms of a deal announced here today, ViA--which is not related to Taiwanese PC chip set and processor maker Via--will develop a line of wearable PCs for the U.S. Army based on Transmeta's Crusoe processor family.
AOL, Broadcom, Gateway, and Transmeta to develop Internet appliance
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11/9/2000   Post a comment
IRVINE, Calif. -- America Online, Broadcom, Gateway, and Transmeta on Friday will announce an alliance to jointly develop and market an Internet appliance that will enable the movement of streaming audio and video content between music players, TVs, PCs, and cable modems. The capability will use standard phone lines.
Vweb announces world's smallest MPEG-2 chip
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11/9/2000   Post a comment
SAN JOSE -- Vweb Corp. here today launched its first product--an MPEG-2 video encoder chip that the startup company says is half the size of competing ICs on the market. The VW2000 video encoder is a single-chip solution designed for several applications, such as DVD systems, video on demand, video conferencing, digital camcorders, digital servers, personal video recorders, Internet appliances, set-top boxes, and video capture cards.
National invests $5 million in Geode software supplier Merinta
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11/9/2000   Post a comment
AUSTIN, Tex. -- Merinta Inc. here today announced a $5 million equity investment from National Semiconductor Corp. in connection with a development agreement aimed at providing support for processors in information appliances.
Infineon licenses Mips' 64-bit RISC core for communications ICs
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11/9/2000   Post a comment
MUNICH -- Infineon Technologies AG here today announced plans to license a 64-bit RISC processor core from Mips Technologies Inc. for use in new ICs aimed at next-generation integrated access devices (IADs) and specialized local area network switching equipment.
On Semiconductor aims to increase efforts in Internet applications
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11/8/2000   Post a comment
PHOENIX -- On Semiconductor here today announced plans to increase its presence in chip sets for Internet infrastructure and broadband technologies. To do that, the spin-off from Motorola Inc. said it will set up new design facilities and increase research in application specific standard products for physical media, clock management, and data-flow management functions.
DRAM prices keep falling with slow PC sales getting blamed
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11/8/2000   Post a comment
WASHINGTON -- Mainstream synchronous DRAM prices today continued their spot-market free fall, with workhorse memory chips hitting their lowest prices ever.
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